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MSNBC
Jul 6, 2011 6:00pm EDT
tim pawlenty and jon huntsman are barely hanging on. and newt gingrich's campaign is on life support. so is this it? or is michele bachmann emerging as the tea party's battering ram against the willard mitt romney? joining me now is richard wolfe and with me, editor at large for salon.com, joan walsh. let me ask you first. is the bachmann threat a real threat, richard? >> well, she is a threat herself to mitt romney. but i actually think the space that she represents is more of a threat. look, she needs to call donald trump to figure out how this movie ends. can you rise very quickly on this kind of platform and then you sink very quickly. but what she is showing and what trump showed before her is that there is space for a populist insurgeant type of tea party candidate who can capture the spirit driving the base here. i personally don't think it will be her. i think it is going to be someone like rick perry or sarah palin but she is peaking too early. the one thing you don't do is too early in the summer before. >> are they waiting joan for another tea party hero to come from the w
MSNBC
Jul 6, 2011 3:00pm EDT
been active in recent months. they have been having negotiations. eric cantor and jon kile walk out of negotiations with joe biden. the second round is a bit of a sham, nobody's position has moved and it has a lot to do with the white house wanting to show clearly ant correctly that they are the ones reaching out. but at this point i don't think there's a whole lot more that the president could be doing. both parties are basically positioning themselves for the day when the actual consequences of not raising the debt ceiling begin to manifest and public pressure or market pressure mounts forcing one side or the other to break. >> talk about consequences. if the republicans here agree to even modest tax increases, even by letting the bush tax cuts expire as you were just mentioning, will they have to pay the piper later on, come 2012? >> they have very, very difficult intirnl party politics. raising taxes on the rich is most popular thing you can do on the deficit. poll after poll shows as long as my taxes aren't going up that's a good way but for john boehner may not keep his speake
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